LAKE SARAH NEWS - 3/1/09
Ice Cleanup Day is scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 9:00am!
Meet at the Public Access on the west bay. Coffee, Donuts, and garbage bags will be
provided. For additional information contact Joe Slavec - cleanup day coordinator
(Thanks Joe!). Each year on the first Saturday following the ice shelter removal deadline,
Volunteers comb the lake ice for trash and discarded materials before the ice melts and
deposits the garbage into our lake. Plan on spending a few hours with us that day - every
little bit helps!
Fish house/shelter removal deadline for lake Sarah is March 2, 2009. Minnesota ice
anglers will have extra fishing opportunities in March because of some changes that were
made late in the 2008 Legislative session but not included in the regulations handbook.
“These changes will allow anglers to enjoy some late season ice fishing,” said Capt. Ken
Soring, acting Department of Natural Resources Enforcement chief. The updated
regulations are available on the MN DNR website. The fish house/shelter removal
deadline for the southern part of the state is March 2, rather than March 1 as originally
printed in the 2008 Fishing Regulations handbook. The other important change is that
fish houses/shelters statewide can be on the ice between midnight and one hour before
sunrise when occupied or attended after the March 2 deadline. This exception had
previously applied only to fish houses/shelters in the northern zone.
LSIA / Lake Sarah whole lake weed treatment program. Early last month you should
have received a letter from the Lake Sarah Improvement Association (LSIA)
recommending shoreline property owners wait to finalize their aquatic weed control plans
for this coming summer. LSIA V.P. Dan Cady has applied for a grant to partially fund a
larger, “whole lake” chemical control plan. The proposed 3+ year program would target
both Curlyleaf Pondweed (CLP) and Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM). The grant
application is currently being reviewed by the DNR, a determination on the grant funds is
expected during the first week in March. Grant money, if received from the MN DNR,
would cover a portion but not all of the costs associated with the annual treatments.
Additional funds from the residents and community would be required for the treatment
program to proceed. Specifics will be posted on the lakesarah.com website on the
CLP/EWM Control Grant page under the Lake Sarah Projects tab on lakesarah.com and
in upcoming newsletters as they become available. Additional information regarding CLP
and Aquatic Plant Control provided by PLM Lakes and Land Management Group (one of
the commercial applicators being considered to handle our chemical treatments) may be
helpful in understanding the project. Click the underlined text to view the flyer
Understand Aquatic Plant Management (.pdf).and Curly-leaf Pondweed (.pdf)
The second annual LSIA Garage sale is set for May 21-23, 2009. Purpose is to raise
money to help with weed control and make our lake beautiful once again. Place Bob
Beadle's farm, 6075 Hwy 55, Greenfield, MN. Date May 21- May 23, 2009. Time 8 am-
to 6 pm. Set up time will be 4pm - 6;30 on May 20, 2009.
NOTE: donated items need to be in good condition and saleable - no computer or items
that would be hard to sell. Consignment items- we will advertise- please put picture, price
and phone # on poster boards and if you sell the item- we would requested 10% of sale
price.Volunteers are needed to put in some time please contact Carol Beasecker @
Lake Sarah Social Activities / Groups - Bonnie Roeder (Genaker Way) would like to
organize two new social groups of women interested in biking and neighbors
interested in playing cards. Email Bonnie if you would like to participate! Any
organized Social Groups in the immediate Lake Sarah area are invited to use the
lakesarah.com website to publish their information, schedules, and photos. See the X-
country ski page as an example. Contact Brad Spencer if you have any groups who are
interested, ideas, suggestions, or questions.
Walleye, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike fishing seasons on Sarah are now
closed. The walleye and northern pike seasons on inland waters closed on Feb. 22 and
will reopen in May. Crappie, Perch, and Sunfish seasons are continuous in Minnesota.
Maple Syruping time means one thing - Springtime is upon us! Three Rivers Park
District is celebrating by holding a number of maple syruping festivals and programs
throughout the metro area. Tap a tree, boil some sap, and enjoy yummy pancakes. March
15, 2009 - Sunday 2:30-5 p.m., Near-Wilderness Settlement in Baker Park Reserve,
Maple Plain. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of maple syruping. We will “tap a
tree,” collect some sap, taste REAL maple syrup, boil down the sap, eat some pancakes,
discover Native American syruping techniques, plus much more. Children under 2 years
old are free. $5. Ages: All. Similar programs offered at Carver Park, N. Mississippi
Regional, and Elm Creek Park Reserve. click here for more info and details on Maple
Syruping Festivals at the other TRPD parks
Last chance to send in your guesses for the 7th Annual Guess the Ice-out date
Contest rules are:
One entry per person (yes each [human] family member may have their own
Eligible households must be in the immediate lake Sarah area (Loretto,
Independence, Greenfield, Rockford, Delano, Maple Plain).
Entries must be received by midnight Saturday March 7, 2009.
Prize to be awarded for 2009 yet to be determined (suggestions are welcomed)
LSIA membership is not required (but LSIA would appreciate your support).
The 2009 Official Ice Out date is defined as the day lake Sarah is judged
completely free of ice by a consensus of opinions by Mike Peterson, Tim Wuollet,
& Brad Spencer.
Any ties will be decided by a drawing of correct entries.
Email your name, phone number, and guess to Brad Spencer at the website.
(entries will be accepted 2/1/09 through midnight 3/07/09)
Entries will be posted to the contest webpage on lakesarah.com as soon as
administratively possible, entrants are encouraged to check for already chosen
dates and if desired to select dates that have not yet been chosen.
Contest sponsored by the Spencer family & Lakesarah.com. Contest rules, terms and
conditions are subject to change without notice. Past winners and historical ice out
data can be found on the lakesarah.com website’s Ice out contest page.
West Hennepin Public Safety issues advisory regarding counterfeit money being
passed at a variety of establishments within their jurisdiction. WHPS suggests using extra
diligence in reviewing cash received, counterfeit denominations they are aware of are
20's, 50's, and $100. A full press release including details on how to spot counterfeit
currency can be found via this link to the WHPS website.
City Road restrictions are just around the corner. Road restrictions typically will be
posted mid-March through early May in our surrounding cities, depending on weather
conditions. Please plan your construction projects accordingly and check with the
appropriate cities if you think your project(s) might be affected. Typical per axle weight
restrictions on city roads: Blacktop - 5 Tons, Gravel - 4 Tons.
Mouth of Lake Sarah Newsletters now archived on the web! Thanks to Cheryl Wise
we now have most of the newsletters from 2000 through 2008 available in .pdf format on
the newly created LSIA Newsletter page located in the Lake Sarah Association directory
on this website. We will be adding newsletters dated 1999 and prior edited by Sue Mizell
soon. Thanks Cheryl!
Draft TMDL target date for delivery now May 1, 2009. At the 12/03/08 Lake Sarah
Stakeholder Committee meeting, John Barten said the tentative date for the completion of
the Draft Lake Sarah Phosphorus TMDL has been moved to May 1. EPA approval of the
draft plan should take an additional 3 to 5 months.
DNR issues ice safety reminder (2/12/09) Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) water safety officials have issued an ice safety reminder now that temperatures
have surpassed 40 degrees in many areas of the state. “Even with the relatively thick ice
produced by our cold January, it doesn’t take very long for ice conditions to become
hazardous when it warms up,” said Tim Smalley, DNR water safety specialist. “That’s
especially true for vehicles.” The usual safety guidelines for cars (8-12 inches of new,
clear ice) don’t apply after February's unusual melting conditions. The slush created on
the ice’s surface adds weight. The ice also softens farther down and may have less than
half the strength of the same thickness of ice earlier in the season. “A good rule of thumb
is that when the temperature rises above freezing for six of the last 24 hours, multiply the
recommended minimum thickness by two,” Smalley said. The ice becomes unsafe if
temperatures remain above freezing for 24 hours or more. Contact your local bait shop or
resort to ask about the conditions of any lake you are planning to visit. Ice thickness
guidelines, videos and other safety information is available online. Ice safety pamphlets
can be ordered from the DNR’s information center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.
The next meeting of the Lake Sarah Stakeholders (LSSC) will be held on Monday
March 2, 2009 at the Independence City Hall, 1920 County Rd 90. Meeting will begin at
6:30pm, all interested parties are invited.
Do Not Call List emails - I’ve been noticing an up-tick in the number of emails I am
receiving about the National Do Not Call Registry. Much of the information contained in
the emails of late has been incorrect or misleading, here are some facts straight from the
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive
telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has
been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at the donotcall
website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.
Cell Phones can’t be on the list? False. You may place your personal cell phone
number on the National Do Not Call Registry. The registry has accepted cell phone
numbers since it opened for registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a
home or cell phone number on the Registry.
Your cell phone number will become the focus of automatic telemarketers in 2009?
False. You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be
assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database;
however, that is not the case. Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit
telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers.
Your registration will expire after 5 years and needs to be renewed? False.
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it
permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in
February 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.
You must call the registry from the phone you want blocked to register? Both True
and False. You can also register online at WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV or else you must
call (toll-free) 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register.
There is a charge to register? False. Registration is free. For more information please
visit the website http://www.ftc.gov/donotcall
Pontoon Wanted - Bob Englund, former lake Sarah neighbor now a resident of lake
Charlotte in Rockford, is looking for an older pontoon boat to use as a barge. He would
prefer 22-24’ with aluminum pontoons. Hull integrity and deck framework are most
important, motor, upholstery and canopy are not priorities. Call Bob at 612.889.8031 if
you know of such a salvageable pontoon for sale!
Independence City Council again delays action on the proposed shoreland
management ordinance. Following a renewed discussion on 2/10/09, Council members
asked for clarification on a few items contained within the proposed ordinance and have
delayed action until the March 10, 2009 City Council meeting. Barring unforeseen
complications the ordinance should be subject of a routine vote for passage or part of the
consent agenda at the March 10 meeting. The MN DNR previously sent the city a letter
requesting they revisit the ordinance that was tabled as the city has been non-compliant
regarding passage of a DNR approved shoreland ordinance for many years already.
Useful Website of the Month - lakeindependence.org - The Lake Independence
Citizens Association (LICA) introduced this website as a tool to keep their members and
community up to date with information about activities and events associated with the
LICA Board. Webmaster Chris Dahlberg has been building the website's content over the
past year. Nice Job Chris!
If you find yourself at the end of your rope, tie a
knot and swing.
Brad & Lisa Spencer
http://www.lakesarah.com/, http://www.lakesarah.org/, http://www.lsia.org/
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